Twin Peaks Middle School
Weekly RAM Newsletter
A Brief Note from Dr. Burke
As we head into this last week of school before Winter Break, there are many activities taking place on campus and across Poway Unified. ASB hosted an amazingly successful semi-formal dance on Friday and that really got us into the holiday spirit. The fun continues this week with a variety of concerts and a fun-filled spirit week. All of that culminates with a minimum day on Friday, so be prepared for a 12:40 dismissal.
On behalf of our entire team here at Twin Peaks Middle School, we hope you have a spectacular Winter Break.
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and remember, it's a 2/4/6 day.
Instructional Highlight of the Week
Genetic Mutations in Flight?
This week, students in Ms. Hoffman’s 8th grade Integrated Science class applied their knowledge of genetic mutations by building and testing paper airplanes. The lesson had students working in triads. The challenge was to build an airplane that would stay airborne for an extended period of time. One student served as an engineer, designing the plane. The engineer wrote specific instructions on how to build the structure and delivered them to the other two students who were required to interpret the instructions and build the structure as designed. Talking was prohibited and no questions could be asked of the designer. Teams tested their planes in three trials, recording their results and observations. Upon returning to the classroom, roles reversed, with two students becoming the engineers and communicating to one builder. Again, three trials took place. Predictably, the structures built during phase two were much improved. Ms. Hoffman facilitated the students in debriefing their learning and connecting it back to their understanding of DNA and genetic mutations in nature. The video below offers a glimpse into what took place.
Club Live Activities
Is Your Student Missing an Item?
Please have your student check the Lost & Found this week. All items will be cleaned out during the Winter Break.
Jazz Band Concert
Our TPMS Jazz Concert is from 7-9pm on Monday night at the Poway Center for Performing Arts.
6th Grade Winter Band Concert
Our 6th Grade Band Concert is on Tuesday night at 6pm in the MPR.
7/8th Grade Band Concert
Our TPMS Band Concert is at 6pm in the Poway High School Gym on Thursday night.
Jazz Band Concert
Winter Spirit Week
8th Grade Yearbook Ads
PHS Engineering Academy Open House
The PHS ENGINEERING ACADEMY/PATHWAY Open House is this Tuesday from 7-8pm. This is an opportunity to hear how the program is helping current students and how the Poway High School Engineering Academy/Pathway is making a difference toward their college and career goals. There will also be a presentation about updates in the Academy and an overview. There will be a question and answer period. Click here for more information.
CYT@school is coming to TPMS
Parent Education Courses
Redirecting Children's Behavior
Are you tired of yelling, threatening and reminding? Do you want to become a more calm, confident parent? Learn how without using rewards and punishment! Join us for an understanding of why children misbehave and how to prevent it! Click here for more details.
Discover the Secrets: Talking and Listening with your Teen
Did you know that the teenage brain is still "under construction"? Your child's brain is not fully developed until age 25. Boost your skills in creating a climate where kids want to talk to us! Click here for more details.
Surviving and Thriving in Middle School
Bring out the best in your teen, increase respect, responsibility and give consequences that work. Teach your teen the skills to prevent negative influences. Based on Active Parenting of Teens by Michael Popkin, Ph.D. Click here for more details.